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Ahmadinejad, Larijani to Meet over Ministry Merger Row

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 19 (ICANA) – A decision by Iranian government to merge eight ministries into four has sparked media frenzy and heated discussions in Iran and abroad. The proposed mergers include:
Sunday, June 19, 2011 11:22:37 PM
Ahmadinejad, Larijani to Meet over Ministry Merger Row

Ministries of Roads & Transportation with Housing & Urban Development

Energy with Oil

Industries & Mines with Commerce, and

Welfare & Social Security with Labor & Social Affairs

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the plan to downsize the ministries is legal, in line with Article 53rd of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan. But Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani argues that the move goes against the law and could run up heavy costs for the government.

Lawmaker Mohammad Reza Khabbaz told Press TV that Ahmadinejad and Larijani could meet sometime this week to discuss the issue.

But some lawmakers have warned that it is too early to merge the ministries and that more study and research needs to be done.

However, Lawmaker Khabbaz plays down any differences between the government and the parliament and says the proposed mergers should go ahead at the earliest.

The merger of ministries, plus creating some kind of coordination between the three branches of the government could be the main focus of the upcoming meeting between President Ahmadinejad and Parliament Speaker Larijani.

Under the Fifth Plan, the Iranian government has to reduce its ministries from 21 to 17 to improve the efficiency of the state administration. In the end, four ministries will be abolished and three ministers will leave the cabinet.

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